WYD Panama: Inspiring and life-changing

Three pilgrims from Novena Church share their unique experiences

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Three pilgrims who recently returned from WYD in Panama shared their experiences. From left: Ms Shalena Louis, Redemptorist Father Francis Vijayan and Ms Sharon Leong.

Jared Ng

Since their return from World Youth Day (WYD) Panama in late January, three pilgrims from the Novena Church contingent are still coming to terms with the surreal and inspiring faith experiences they had.

One of them, Ms Sharon Leong, said she “gained such a wide perspective of the universality of the Church ... seeing pilgrims from all around the world praising God was just inspiring.”

The 36-year-old Youth Minister from the Redemptorist Mission Team shared one particular experience of when she came across the adoration tent among the thousands of other tents occupied by pilgrims.

Inside, “with soft Spanish music playing, people from different countries, in their own languages were having their own moment with Christ. It felt like He was there, preaching to the masses,” she said.

Lunar New Year interfaith outreach spreads message of harmony

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Participants of various faiths give oranges to people during the World Interfaith Harmony Week event. Photo: MUIS

Michelle Voo

Happy World Interfaith Harmony Week 2019! “One Blood, One Humanity”.

From “wows”, polite “thank yous” and bewilderment to downright suspicion and outright rejection – such was the spectrum of reactions various faith-based groups received on Feb 9 when they offered this greeting of peace (printed on a postcard), an invitation to a blood donation drive at a mosque, and a pair of oranges to members of the public at the Bishan MRT and Junction 8 mall area.

Around 70 members of various faiths took part in this outreach, including seven young people and three adults from the Catholic Church.

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EXPERIENCING THE UNIVERSALITY OF THE CHURCH: The Novena Church contingent from Singapore with young people from Argentina at World Youth Day 2019 in Panama. The contingent, led by Redemptorist Father Francis Vijayan, were in Panama from Jan 19-29 to share their faith with thousands of other pilgrims. […]

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